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Coastguard called out after 3 men seen cruising down the River Dee in a ….FRIDGE FREEZER!

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2016.

A Flint based Coastguard Rescue Team were called out on Tuesday evening to reports of a person sailing a fridge down the River Dee.

Officer’s received the call from Holyhead Coastguard Operations Centre at around 7.30pm last night after a member of the public reported seeing the fridge freezer and occupants along a stretch of the River Dee near to Connah’s Quay docks

Upon arrival the Coastguard Rescue Team found the skipper and crew had left the area with the makeshift vessel abandoned at waters edge.

Officers moved the fridge to a safe area they also carried out some ‘modifications’ which has now rendered ‘HMS Zanussi’ unseaworthy.

Commenting on Facebook Flint Coastguard said:

“Many thanks to the first informant and members of the public for helping us with our enquiries. Team stood down and returned to station.”


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency rightly took a dim view of the stunt, they said:

“Last night, three men with a plank of wood for a paddle set sail in a fridge freezer at Connah’s Quay, Flintshire.

The UK Coastguard sent the Flint Coastguard Rescue Team to the area but the men had made it safely to shore and abandoned their ‘vessel’.

They were extremely lucky they didn’t sink or get stuck in the mud when the fridge ran aground.

We want to say thank you to the members of the public who made multiple calls to the Coastguard reporting this incident – you did exactly the right thing calling us”


Pictures/Flint Coastguard Rescue Team.

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